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Deputy Mayor announced, Council Committees established, and Community Boards set to meet.

13 November 2019

Mercury Bay Councillor Murray McLean has been voted in as Deputy Mayor this week.

Murray McLean

“Murray has a proven track record in governance, having already served two terms as a Councillor, and he’s been an MP in a previous career,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “Murray has extensive local and district knowledge, along with proven business experience, which will be of huge benefit in this role.

Murray moved to Whitianga permanently 15 years ago, but proudly has history dating back to 1865 when his forebears arrived here as settlers. Murray has been self-employed in the building industry, got his Master of Business Administration (MBA) when he was 40 and is also involved in the Masonic Trust, whose Board is responsible for managing $20M in assets. Murray is also a former MP.

At this week’s meeting, our Council also set its schedule for the next year, along with committee structures, adopting a code of conduct and expenses and allowance policies.

Our Council also approved three standing committees, the Audit and Risk Committee, Emergency Management Committee and the Chief Executive Liaison Committee.

You can read more about the appointments, committee structures, code of conduct, expenses and remuneration in the council agenda here. 

Community Board meetings start from next week.

Next week our Community Boards will also start meeting for the first time.

We have five community boards in our district. To find out more about each one, their upcoming meeting dates and what’s on the agenda for each meeting click on the following links:

  1. Tairua-Pauanui 
  2. Coromandel-Colville
  3. Whangamata
  4. Thames
  5. Mercury Bay 

Council meeting Chief Executive Report highlights

At this week’s council meeting, our Chief Executive Rob Williams also gave an update on Council projects and delivery. Some points in the CE report include:

  1. Building consents. We’ve increased revenue in building control consents of $110,000 from planning checks on building applications. Revenue is ahead of budget. Building control consent costs for external suppliers processing applications are $90,000 over budget. 
  2. Dog registrations. Forms were distributed earlier than in previous years, with prompt payment by customers yielding $140,000 of revenue. 
  3. Pavement maintenance. Both urban and rural, is behind budget by $190,000 due to inaccurate phasing of the budgets. Pavement maintenance is completed during the warmer months with additional expenditure occurring over the summer period. 
  4. Wharf assessments. Due to the age and condition of the Thames Wharf, it regularly receives maintenance and repairs to be able to be kept open to the public as an amenity asset and for berthing. Required repairs are identified through routine inspections and any Requests for Service that are received. Ferry Landing was recently refurbished and is assessed as CG 1 which is 'very good'. The Whitianga Wharf is assessed as CG 3 which is 'average'. Coromandel Wharf is assessed as CG 4 which is 'very poor'. Works are planned for this financial year. Sugarloaf is assessed as CG 3 which is 'average'. Hannafords Wharf is assessed as CG 2 which is 'good'. Royal Billy Point Wharf is assessed as CG 4 which is 'very poor' – but this is currently being upgraded. Tairua Wharf is assessed as CG 2, which is 'good'. Pauanui Waterways Jetty is assessed as CG 3, which is 'average'. Whangamata Wharf is assessed as CG 3 which is 'average'. Major renewals are planned for this financial year.
  5. Hahei Lees Rd extension. Construction has commenced on site and is expected to be completed by mid-December. All works are currently on programme.
  6. Wentworth Valley Rd resealing. Tendering is underway; however, the detailed design estimates significantly exceed the available budget. Staff will bring a separate report to Council in December with a full review of the project and options.

You can read the full CE report here.